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Both leaders have the opportunity, personally and as a party, to make a fresh start and finally move forward from the difficulties that their predecessors were involved in.
February 20, 2023 10:59 AM(Has been updated 11:00 am)
The MPs’ semi-annual recess week was supposed to mark a pause in British politics. it was nothing.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced his resignation as prime minister, while new arrangements to settle post-Brexit trade deals are on the horizon. This gave both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer a chance before returning to Westminster this week.
The Prime Minister can settle the Brexit issue with a workable trade deal for Northern Ireland, paving the way for the restoration of power-sharing. If he gets a deal through parliament with great support from his own lawmakers, it will be a big success and reassert his authority over his own party.
For the Labor leader, Sturgeon’s resignation meant he could reclaim the Scottish parliamentary seat, clearing the way for Downing Street. In a speech to the Scottish Labor Party on Sunday, he argued that “the tide is turning” for his SNP in Scotland and that voters would once again turn their attention to his party.
Conversely, Snak’s Brexit deal could be thwarted by a massive insurgency led by Boris Johnson, exposing his weaknesses as Prime Minister who failed to win the leadership race, putting Northern Ireland in a deadlock again. would be
With the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also has an opportunity to remind Conservative MPs of the decisive actions he took during his premiership.
For Starmer, he needs to capitalize on the SNP power vacuum. Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement last week that he will not run for Labor MP in 2024 shows he is consolidating his grip on the party, but it will only fuel tensions among left-wing MPs. is.
For both men, this is a pivotal moment. Both, personally and for their respective parties, have the opportunity to make a fresh start and finally move forward from the difficulties involved in their predecessors.
The question is whether chance can be turned into success.